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10th November 2022

Breeders in Holland have worked hard to create reliable versions of broken, striped and flamed tulips which led to Tulip Mania in the seventeenth century. They are now virus-free and easy to grow, and they continue to develop in the vase to provide a spectacular show resembling the stunning Dutch flower paintings by the likes of Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750). Rembrandt tulips are the closest to the originals, but other tulip groups include bi-colour flowers. Names to look for, some of which are in the photo above, include 'Banja Luka', 'Helmar', 'Happy Generation', 'Flaming Flag', 'Carnival de Nice' and 'Grand Perfection'.

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